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 Hanson Clarinets
Author: JJAlbrecht 
Date:   2019-08-06 00:24

I decided to rejoin the clarinet ranks, and re-up in my local community band. Just one oroblem:I no longer have a good instrument to play.

I was wondering what you folks thought of the Hanson T6 and T7 models. Pros? Cons?

In the past, I played a 1971 R13, as well as Leblanc/Backun Cadenza, and Symphonie models, and a Cocobolo Backun Protege.

Thanks for any information!


“Everyone discovers their own way of destroying themselves, and some people choose the clarinet.” Kalman Opperman, 1919-2010

"A drummer is a musician's best friend."

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 Re: Hanson Clarinets
Author: Hurstfarm 
Date:   2019-08-06 02:17

There’s a very comprehensive review of the T6 here: http://www.shwoodwind.co.uk/Reviews/Clarinets/hanson_T6_clarinet.htm. The reviewer’s comments reflect my own very positive experience trying out these instruments in the Hansons’ kitchen! There are plenty of pros, well covered in the article. Cons? Hard to say, except perhaps that the relatively unknown brand name might affect their resale prospects, but if you’re in for the long term that shouldn’t matter much. I ultimately didn’t buy one, but have regularly recommended their student instruments as a better value alternative to the mass produced brands. Hanson also have a thorough after sales service for repairs, adjustments and maintenance, although admittedly that’s less attractive if you’re not based in the UK.

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 Re: Hanson Clarinets
Author: Late_returner 
Date:   2019-08-06 12:08

" I decided to rejoin".... if this means your motto " a drummer is a musicians best friend" is back , I am so pleased.

There are many good things on the BB, and this is among the truest of all the insights.


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 Re: Hanson Clarinets
Author: sax panther 
Date:   2019-08-06 12:15

I tried a Hanson T5 (very briefly) when I went up to the Hanson shop to buy a saxophone. I only played it for around 5 minutes, but it felt really nice - good clear tone, very even across all the registers, and easy to play. I didn't have my other clarinets with me (leblanc opus, old R13, B&H imperial 926) to do a side by side comparison though. If I continue getting more orchestral gigs, I'll be very tempted to trade in my instruments and get a matched set of T5/T6s.

Pros - I believe Hanson will send you a few instruments on approval to try at home, you can pick your favourite and send the others back ( I did this with my alto sax. ), or send them all back if you don't like any of them. They offer a range of bore configurations (english, french, jazz and symphony) and materials (grenadilla, ebonite, rosewood etc). They are very good value as there are no retailer/distributors to push the price up - your'e buying straight from the factory.

Cons - they aren't well known, so don't expect Buffet/Backun style resale values.

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